This past weekend we headed out to Six Flags Magic Mountain to take a look at the progress on Project 2019 (which will be announced in just over 2 weeks), Fright Fest Prep (which begins next month if you can believe it) and of course a few rides on CraZanity.
Let's head into the park!!
Written by Gregg Condon
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Ops on CraZanity have improved TREMENDOUSLY since opening, averaging just a few minutes between dispatching.
And the ride is of course amazing. And seems to be VERY popular. Hopefully this is a good sign for more flat rides in the future.
They've also added some fences around the landscaping to keep people out. I'd imagine more plants will be added here once the summer months are over.
Let's head over into the soon to be extinct, Cyclone Bay.
The park has begun teasing the 2019 attraction, lots of things here definitely support some of the rumors going around about the ride.
Apocalypse is down for the count, a lot of track has been removed already.
The last time you rode this ride as Apocalypse was the last time you rode this ride as Apocalypse. =)
Bye Cyclone Bay, wish we could say you'll be missed but ...
Lots of prep work being done for the new attraction and development behind the park.
The park is already promoting Fright Fest
The facade for Sewer of Souls is looking amazing. Can't wait to see inside.
The past few re-themes of this maze have been merely cosmetic, that does not seem to be the case this time.
Keep out ... for now.
And lastly, a new air conditioner was installed on the Orient, err, Helpful Honda Express. It's a Big'un.
Alright everybody, that's gonna wrap it up. We hope you enjoyed.
Be sure to check back tomorrow as we'll have the full announcements from Canada's Wonderland and their 2019 attraction.
As we enter the home stretch of the Halloween Season we continue to trek along with amazing updates from amazing events.
This time from Fright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure where Chris, Renee and Christine had an amazing night. Be sure to visit this event for it's last weekend!!
Photos by Renée Girard
Words by Chris Con
Screams by Christine Grant
2017 might be an amazingly scary year for some to begin with, but if the ghoulish type of fright is more your taste than whatever you might be reading or seeing in the news these days, then Fright Fest 2017 at Six Flags Great Adventure is not to be missed.
Every year they seem to up their ante with new scare zones, shows, and more theming. We left shiverlingly impressed.
Walking up to the front gate you are greeted by a fantastic addition this year; the grim reaper himself leering over you as you proceed through the turnstiles.
For those brave enough to make it past, you are greeted by our perennial favorite, The Pumpkin King and his fountain of blood and bones.
We decided to make a quick left and head into the Demon District. One of the most heavily themed areas of the park and home to “The Awakening” (a ghostly parade), and “Dead Mans Party” a high energy, high entertainment dance show featuring amazing effects and choreography.
These photos don't do it justice but “Dead Man's Party” is world class Halloween Fun.
The Wicked Woods is a great outdoor maze with scare actors popping out of every corner.
If you might need a bit of liquid courage to make it through some of these more intense scare zones, Wicked Brew and many other Halloween libations are available at a number of outlets for the 21 and over crowd.
Next we headed over to bloodshed, which has been one of our favorite mazes. Check out our facebook page for some live feeds that we posted of this and other mazes. Unfortunately the scare actors couldn't see our press passes and their was some profanity so for the easily offended you might wait till next year where we will be filming on the day set for media coverage.
We then made our way to two of three indoor mazes. Total Darkness ,which just like the name claims, is basically total darkness. Then we enjoyed a great scare at the Manor which is always one of my favorite mazes. The Manor and Big Top Terror always seem to have the best scare actors.
Speaking of Big Top Terror, here is a taste of who you might find lurking around it. This attraction uses heavy black light, strobe effects, and 3D glasses which really adds to the tripiness and eeriness. Check out our facebook live for a peak inside the attraction.
Finally we traversed over to our top two mazes of the year.. Cell Block 6, an asylum and jail for the most insane scare actors to preside over and Aftermath filled with a post apocalyptic world of mutants ready to engage you in fun conversation.
While we didn't get to experience the new shows this year as we were a bit pressed for time we did hear other guests raving about them. We hope to make it back before Halloween to experience them for ourselves.
Over the years we've covered the fun by day parts with our little ones. So if you'd like to see more information of what is truly a family friendly event then please check out our previous years' trip reports. We've also rated the mazes previously, so again I encourage to look back if you'd like to see some more comprehensive ratings.
Happy Halloween everyone and we also can't wait to bring you our coverage of the “Most Magical Time of The Year” during Holiday in The Park at Six Flags Great Adventure in just a few short weeks.
Today we're headed into the terror of Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain, home to some of the best scare zones and talent at any event in Southern California.
We have lots of pictures and video to show off. Enjoy!!
Pictures by Matthew Nelson and Gregg Condon
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Fright Fest 2017 at Six Flags Magic Mountain
This years maze pass prices:
New this year is Club 6 Feet Under which is also included with the VIP Tour
You get a chance to hang out with some friends
Before we head into the event, be sure to check out our video of Highlights from Fright Fest 2017
Our first stop was the all new Scare Zone "Damned in Disguise" (and Justice League since some of us hadn't ridden yet)
The new Scare Zone is awesome
It's always fun catching up with old friends
Hall of Justice looks amazing all lit up for Fright Fest
Aftermath 2 is back
A blast from Fright Fest past
Red is back for her revenge
One of our favorites
The last of the 3D mazes in Southern California is still going strong
Willoughby's is back ... gotta be honest here, it seemed very "dead" in here, and not in the good Fright Fest Scary way. In fact, a couple of the mazes were very quiet, no music, sound effects or talent. Just a lot of walking around in dead spaces.
But it was opening night, we'll be back in a couple of weeks and hopefully will see a bit more life in some of these mazes.
Give me food ...
Ok, this maze has definitely worn out it's welcome 3 years ago. It's definitely time for a change here. We saw maybe 2 monsters in the entire maze and a blackout and security guard having a conversation. Why? Because nobody was coming through the maze at all.
Terrortory Twisted is one of the most photogenic scare zones
Exile Hill is always one of our favorite scare zones
Nun's hanging out in Demons Door ... something you don't see every day
Overall another solid year for Fright Fest. We absolutely love their scare zones, the new maze Dead End is a LOT of fun as well.
Despite a couple of mazes needing a freshening up or replacement it's still one of the most solid events in Southern California and worth a visit or two.
One other note: They will NOT be doing the Rage of the Gargoyles VR on Revolution so be sure you ride this amazing coaster in "Classic" mode until Holiday In The Park begins.
Recently we had the opportunity to check out the Christmas spectacular at Six Flags Great Adventure, “Holiday In the Park” . After premiering just a few short years ago, this event has quickly become a not to miss holiday event and easily our favorite Christmas event in the North East.
We'll also have a quick look at Justice League: Battle for Metropolis
Written by Chris Con
(Click on any of the pictures below for a larger version)
Since this special time of year is all about spending time with your loved ones and families, we traveled with our preschooler and kindergartener. While we love Six Flags collections of world class roller coasters and rides, this event is so family friendly that we had a wonderful time just enjoying the different holiday attractions.
Walking into the park your are greeted by an incredible Christmas tree that magically comes alive every 30 minutes with dancing lights and festive music.. This is not to be missed.
Your little ones can meet Santa (they do a great photo op here too which is much better than most mall Santa set ups), send a letter to the North Pole, listen to the spectacular live singers, and even roast s’mores at one of the many numerous fire pits. If all Great Adventure offered was this and the spectacular light displays, it would be a top notch event, but as a special Christmas gift for all of us, you also have a collection of top notch coasters to ride between all the merriment.
It should be noted as well that the Joker does run during this event..
We also got a look at Justice League construction. Looks to be about as far along as Magic Mountain's. But since this park is going to be closed for a few months this is likely the last look we'll get until it opens in Spring.
Thanks for reading, we hope you all enjoyed our look at Holiday In The Park at Six Flags Great Adventure. Thanks again to the park for having us out to check out the event. We can't wait for next season!!
Now that Halloween Season is done and we have a few weeks until Holiday Season events begin it's time to look at some 2017 attractions and see their progress.
Can you believe we've never really had an update for Justice League since it was announced? Just our tour in September. So we'll check the progress of Magic Mountain's first dark ride as well as taking a look around the park.
We'll also have some thoughts on the new VR Experience coming to the park for Holiday In The Park.
Written by Gregg Condon
It was a rare "rainy" morning in Southern California, but because it was the last weekend for Fright Fest the park was actually kind of busy even for a Friday morning.
These are new'ish? Promoting The New Revolution and other things. Santa's going to be taking over The New Revolution for Holiday In The Park (more thoughts on that below).
Well, maybe not so busy first thing in the morning. ;)
It was also the last weekend for the Suicide Squad scare zone, all indications are that this was a 1-and-done deal and it won't be back for Fright Fest next year.
However, with the new Metropolis area near Riddler's Revenge and Justice League they could conceivably keep Suicide Squad here and move the Sinister Circuit over to Metropolis. Will be interesting to see which way they go.
As we mentioned in our 2016 Haunt Wrap Up, while the scare zones at SFMM were again amazing, there was a lot of dead space at the back of the park. We think this is because the area around Riddler's was eventually supposed to be closed for FF but was kept open at the last minute.
Alright, let's move on to Metropolis where there have been some big ... ok, we can't lie. There's been nothing going on since our Tour in September.
As you can see through the fence (sorry about that, it's tough getting pics of this project) there has been some ground leveling, but that's really about it.
While the ride building in Georgia is completely built, here we got nothing.
Hopefully these bushes will get trimmed during construction, purely selfish reasons for that. ;)
In just a couple of weeks Santa will be back here.
And this area will be filled with Christmas lights.
A couple of thoughts on "Santa's Wild Sleigh Ride" coming to The New Revolution for Holiday In The Park:
I don't think we've made any secret that we aren't a huge fan of the VR coasters. The experience is great but the negative impact on the rides they are on is difficult to handle for people who just want to ride the ride.
So for Holiday In The Park 2014 when you'd ride Revolution at night one of the best experiences was flying through the trees of lights, even though at the time Revolution wasn't a fun coaster to ride. Obviously Revolution was closed in 2015.
So now for 2016 instead of being able to once again ride The New Revolution through the lights and trees they now have VR on it. Which is a shame although we do like the concept of different themes for different holidays.
Our suggestion to the park, do the VR during the day and then have awesome non-VR night rides through the trees and all of the lights that will be near Rapids Camp and the front of the park.
Most of the other parks that have VR do limited operating hours to allow people to just ride the coasters they are on. Given all the amazing work done to make The New Revolution great again it's a shame it hasn't been run with no VR to give people a chance to ride this amazing ride.
To make things worse, the Single Rider line has been removed from the ride, so if you do want to ride with No VR as a single rider you are no longer able to. (again, sorry about the picture quality here, not sure what happened)
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for this update. We'll be back at the park in, wow, just over 2 weeks for Holiday In The Park (which begins on November 19).
Hopefully there will be another tour of Justice League soon once they start vertical construction.